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Police: Man Raped Brooklyn Woman During Home Invasion

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Investigators on Monday were questioning a man in connection with a string of home invasions and attempted rapes in Brooklyn overnight.

Police say it all began late Monday when the suspect forced his way into an apartment on Berry Street in Williamsburg.

They say he knocked on the door and pushed his way when the woman answered.

Once inside, police say he raped the 27-year-old victim and fled once she began screaming.

Police say once he left the Williamsburg apartment he attempted two similar attacks on Engert and Nassau streets in Greenpoint.

In one case the woman's husband came out and fought off the attacker.

In the other instance, the woman's roommate scared the suspect away with a broomstick.

"It's scary though because I've been living here for over 40 years and nothing like this has ever happened, ever," said one neighbor.

"It's pretty chilling because this neighborhood is pretty quiet. I've lived many places in Brooklyn specifically and this is like the safest I've felt in any neighborhood, especially walking home late at night," said another neighbor.

One man says he may have seen the attacker prepping for his assault last week.

"After I really looked at him, at his face, I realized that he was the person that I had seen sitting across from me at the other stoop, and that's when I put two and two together that this guy was apparently casing out each individual house. But by the time I could get to my phone and take a picture of him, he had already ran inside the house and whatever he did after that," said one neighbor.

Police say they were tipped off by another woman who saw a person fitting the description sleeping in a building.

The suspect was later taken into custody and brought to the 94th precinct.

Police say they recovered cellphones from two victims at the arrest location.

An investigation is ongoing.

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